Descent of Christ
1. The Descensus ad Inferos and Ephesians 4:7-11 2. To Where Did He Descend? The Meaning of ta(C) katwatera mearh th gh 3. The Association of Moses with Psalm 68:19 as Background to Ephesians 4 4. Moses' Ascent to Heaven...
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1. The Descensus ad Inferos and Ephesians 4:7-11 2. To Where Did He Descend? The Meaning of ta(C) katwatera mearh th gh 3. The Association of Moses with Psalm 68:19 as Background to Ephesians 4 4. Moses' Ascent to Heaven in Other Early Sources Not Related to Psalm 68 5. Ephesians 4:7-11 and the Giving of the Spirit 6. The Descent of Christ as Spirit in Ephesians 4:7-11256 Pages
The Descent of Christ presents a meticulous and thorough analysis of Ephesians 4:7-11, which refers to the ascent and descent of Christ. Most interpreters have understood the passage to refer to (1) a descent by Christ from earth to the underworld following his death or (2) a descent from heaven to earth at the incarnation. Hall Harris marshals convincing evidence for an alternative view. Harris demonstrates that Jewish traditions associate ascent and descent imagery with Moses and the giving of the Torah at Sinai. These Moses-traditions include rabbinic interpretations of Psalm 68, which is quoted in Ephesians 4:8. According to Harris, the Moses-traditions lie behind the use of Psalm 68 in Ephesians 4. The author of Ephesians envisioned a descent of Christ in the person of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost to distribute to his church the spiritual gifts described in Ephesians 4:11-16, just as Moses, following his ascent of Mount Sinai to receive the Torah, descended to deliver it to the Israelites encamped below. "Such an understanding of the descent of Christ in Ephesians 4:9-10," argues Harris, "fits the context of 4:1-16 well, because it establishes the connection between the gifts to individuals which are given through the grace of Christ (4:7) and the gifted leaders given to the church to equip it for ministry and assist its growth towards maturity (4:11-16). This understanding of the descent is also consistent with the Pauline concept of the Spirit as the means/medium/agency through which Christians presently experience God and, in this case especially, the resurrected and exalted Christ." The Descent of Christ was originally published by E. J. Brill. This North American edition is part of Baker's Biblical Studies Library, which features affordable paperback editions of scholarly monographs for scholars, students, and pastors.
Presents a thorough analysis of Ephesians 4:7 -- 11 and advocates a compelling interpretation of the descent of Christ in Ephesians 4:9.